“Below the surface of Euston Road, St Pancras Church conceals a crypt. Through the years the Crypt has imagined itself as a refuge, elite burial ground, resting place and site for spectacle. The piece was part of our MFA interim show. A site responsive challenge.
I responded to an alcove where above the first stone laid was a Greek inscription which translated to:
MAY THE LIGHT OF THE BLESSED GOSPEL FOREVER ILLUMINATE THE DARK TEMPLES OF THE HEATHEN
Heathen meaning ‘man of the heather’…
I have been interested over the years by The way Religions have historically and categorically distanced themselves from any paganistic natural symbolism. The thousands of years pre Judaism/Christianity/Islam etc when most Gods were Female (Gaia, Sofia et al)… I felt I needed to create a Heathen Dark Temple offering- a wild natural Idyll and give it to the space in symbolic Gold, to appease, to bring truth in, to make apparent perhaps the ridiculousness of paying for a space in a dark dank mouldy crypt for perpetuity and class rather than becoming one with nature.